Pigskin Parade
Promotional movie poster for the film
Directed byDavid Butler
Written byWilliam M. Conselman
Mark Kelly
Nat Perrin
Arthur Sheekman
Harry Tugend
Jack Yellen
Produced byBogart Rogers
Darryl F. Zanuck
StarringStuart Erwin
Patsy Kelly
Jack Haley
Betty Grable
Judy Garland
CinematographyArthur C. Miller
Edited byIrene Morra
Music byDavid Buttolph
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
October 23, 1936 (1936-10-23)
Running time
93 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$900,000[1]

Pigskin Parade is a 1936 American musical comedy film which tells the story of husband-and-wife college football coaches who convince a backwoods player to play for their team so they can go to the big game. It was written by William M. Conselman, Mary Kelly, Nat Perrin, Arthur Sheekman, Harry Tugend and Jack Yellen, and was directed by David Butler.

The cast includes Stuart Erwin (in an Oscar-nominated performance), Jack Haley, Patsy Kelly, Arline Judge, Dixie Dunbar, Johnny Downs, Betty Grable, Tony Martin and Judy Garland in her film debut. The film was distributed by 20th Century Fox.


Due to a misunderstanding, Yale inadvertently invites the small Texas State University to come to Connecticut and play against its football team for a benefit game. Coincidentally, TSU has just hired a new coach, Slug Winters (Jack Haley), who arrives at the college with his wife Bessie (Patsy Kelly) just in time to hear the announcement that the team is to play Yale.

The coach digs in to whip the team into shape, with Bessie's help, she knowing more about football than Slug does. But just before the big game, Bessie causes an accident and the team's quarterback Biff Bentley breaks his leg. All seems hopeless until Slug and Bessie stumble across an Arkansas hillbilly named Amos Dodd, played by Stuart Erwin, who throws a football like no one they have ever seen. They find him tossing melons with his sister, Sairy Dodd (Judy Garland).

The only problem remaining is to figure a way to get the college to enroll the hillbilly so that he can take the place of the injured quarterback. Amos also falls for attractive student Sally Saxon (Arline Judge), bringing out jealousy in her rich suitor Mortimer Higgins (Grady Sutton).

Texas State travels to the game at Yale, which is played in a blizzard. During half-time, The Yacht Club Boys sing their planned entertainment: "We Brought The Texas Sunshine Down With Us". The freezing Yale crowd responds with a barrage of snowballs. Yale is leading 7-6 in the final minutes when Slug accidentally knocks himself unconscious on the sideline. Bessie takes over and sends in a play, which hillbilly Amos runs barefoot for the winning touchdown, To celebrate their victory, everyone sings the "Texas Tornado."[2]


Award nominations

Year Award Result Category Recipient
1937 Academy Award Nominated Best Actor in a Supporting Role Stuart Erwin